Today we’d like to introduce you to Manuela y Marcela Mayorga.
Hi Manuela, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
It all started at the beginning of this year, 2020. My sister and I worked in the tourism industry for about three years this year. We lost our jobs due to the pandemic. We began to think that we could do differently to generate money. We always liked crafts things, but we did not put much dedication into crafts because of work and College. I started watching videos on YouTube like crazy, all the time I saw things like how to make resin Tumblers, keychains, paper flowers, how to make decals, differences in vinyl, what is a cake topper, what machine to buy, etc. I started practicing about a month (May) I began to give my friends and family what I was doing for free and in July, we opened our page on Facebook and Instagram. We are working hard to be able to reach not only people in Orlando but throughout the USA.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We were born in Cali-Colombia and we have been living in the USA for eight years. Our parents always taught us that we must be firm and always get ahead regardless of the conditions. The crafts industry is very high many people are doing the same in the same area, so it is a little more difficult to reach more people or for people to be interested in our product. Thank God we have the help of my older brother, who is always helping us with social media and some ideas on that side. We feel a little more calm. We have literally spent a whole week looking for what we can do differently to make it identify us.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
We do all kinds of crafts such as personalized t-shirts/hoodies, cake toppers, resin tumblers, or just with vinyl. We also make resin keychains, shadow boxes. etc.. you must go to our page to see more haha, all our products are handmade and are also 100% personalized. We feel very proud that in just a few months, we have achieved so much. Hearing someone tell you, “wow you and your page are a great inspiration to me,” makes us feel that we are doing well and that you should continue to improve. We believe that what can distinguish us from the others is that we are two sisters (twins) who struggle to get ahead despite adversity.
Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
Mainly to thank God for everything. We come from a family that always reminds us of the good things that God does for us and just being grateful to him makes us better people.